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How to Make Use of Google+ as an Author

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Everyone wants to be listed high on Google’s search engine results.  You write a blog post, tweet, update your website or add otherwise content to the web.  Google bots, crawling the web, are coming across your post.  The page is indexed within seconds. Google estimates the domain and pages’ overall authority, based on links.

Page rank depends on a few factors, such as the number of Web pages that link to your site, the frequency of keywords within your site and how long your site exists on the internet.  However, with Google+ it’s completely different:  your presence at Google+ means you are high-ranked from the moment you post something on your Google+ timeline or your Google+ pages.
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64 Google+ Content Strategies [Infographic]

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Use hashtags on Google+ too

Just like Twitter, Google+ offers  #hashtag benefits to make searching for topics easy. It’s a great way to get found, not only inside Google+, but in the larger world of Google search. If you create a separate page for each of your books and post frequently there, using keywords and  #hashtags, your books will appear prominently on Google’s Search Engine – making it easy for potential readers to find you.
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Link to your blog posts
As the main search engine Google indexes and ranks its own site much higher than any other content. Google+ posts are easily indexed by Google search, and unlike tweets or Facebook posts, are treated much like regular web pages.  Whenever you have a new blog post, link to it from Google+, and make that post public. By doing this, you have made your post publicly available both inside Google+ and in Google search results worldwide.
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Want engagement? Write resource-type articles
Google+ posts that receive the most comments are resource-type articles with a lot of links. Those covering Google+ how-to information are heavily shared, along with any tutorials. Write a killer post and link back to your own blog for additional resources. Use #hashtags with relevant topics so it’s easily found, and you have created an outstanding resource that will get you noticed, and will increase traffic to your blog.
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Connect your profile with your blog’s homepage
The first step in getting results from Google+ is connecting your profile with your blog’s home page. This is the gateway step to claiming your content in the eyes of Google. It will also go far in generating incredible results, including displaying your photo next to your blog post links and a Wikipedia-style profile listing in Google search results whenever anyone searches for your name. For WordPress blog publishers, there’s a very easy way to accomplish this. Google+ shows you how to use Google+ “Direct Connect“.
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Display your photo in Google search results
All you need is a Google+ page, and to connect it to the home page of your blog. See how important that #1 step was? Your photo will eventually appear next to your blog posts in Google search results.
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What the Plus?
Take the time to learn Google+ (e.g. with Guy Kawasaki’s book What the Plus?) and engage with your community there. You’ll see results far beyond what any other social network can offer: both social engagement within Google+, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in Google.
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Free copies of What the Plus!
Courtesy of Google. Please share this post so as many people as possible can get a copy. http://goo.gl/eRy6z  
Read also a short description:  How to Get More Followers on Your Google+ Page

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Write for Listserve.com

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Ever heard of Listverse.com? You might have read these list-articles on Yahoo.com. They are looking constantly for new stories from freelancersYou don’t need to be an expert—you just need to have great English, a sense of humor, and a love for things unusual or interesting.
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It works like this:
Listserve.com says: You write your list (1,000 words/10 list-items minimum), you send it in, we reply and say “Great, we’ll publish it” and send you $100 by Paypal (don’t have an account? just make one—it’s easy and free), or we reply and say “Sorry, it isn’t the sort of thing our readers will love, give it another shot.”
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Get ideas
Do you know of anything, that has several benefits, worth to make a list of? Comb through you book’s manuscript, is there a place or an occurrence that is so unusual, it could be the basis for a list of … Have you been or read about a place that has many facts to be listed? Can you list awesome features of anything in science, technology or travel? Maybe unusual benefits of a certain plant or a list of awesome hidden travel gems in a country. The possibilities to write about are endless! If your article is accepted you will earn $100 for it. Well it’s not much, but compiling lists is not that hard too. So much easier than to write thousand words of a fiction novel. To make $100 you would have to sell at least 50 books first – minus the production cost.
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Samples of “List-Articles”

Awesome Facts About Coconuts

10 Incredible Cutting-Edge Technologies In Development

10 Quirky Ways People Make Money

Top 10 Shocking Documentaries

10 Strange And Creepy Reasons Not To Eat Fast Food

10 Fantastic Facts About Beer and Wine

10 Extreme Airports That Flirt With Disaster

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Where can you find ideas?

Nothing easier than this:

  • your daily newspaper or online stories
  • your own book manuscripts and research in it
  • Guiness book of records
  • Science websites
  • travel experiences you had

And don’t forget to read the articles on Listverse.com to get even more ideas, and to see what’s already covered.  Study the entire Author’s Guide  before submitting, and format the sources according to the Author’s Guide, Section 7.

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What if they don’t take your article?
No problem at all! There are hundreds, probably thousands of newspapers and magazines – print and online – whom you can offer your article. Type “freelance”, “freelance writing” or “freelancer” into the search function of this blog and you will find lots of companies that are looking for well-written and unique articles.

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Why not Apply for a Writers Grant?

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Dreaming of writing full time, but just don’t have the money to make the writer’s life a reality? Grants for aspiring writers might offer the aid to supplement your income until you will be established as a writer. Many organizations offer grants for writers to help them to complete their projects or help even during emergencies, such as Stephen Kings foundation. See what’s offered in the USA and Canada:
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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT for the Arts Literature Fellowships
Through Literature Fellowships to published creative writers and translators of exceptional talent in the areas of prose and poetry, the Arts Endowment advances its goal of encouraging and supporting artistic creativity and preserving our diverse cultural heritage.
Creative Writing Fellowships enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Non-matching grants are for $25,000.
Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English. Non-matching grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project.
http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/lit.html
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STEPHEN KING’s “The Haven Foundation”
He writes: “I was struck by a careless driver and nearly killed while taking my daily walk. It was ten months before I was able to work productively again. My friend Frank Muller, suffered terrible head injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident. My response to this has been the creation of The Haven Foundation.”
Applications and all supporting documentation for the current round of grants must be received no later than November 23rd, 2012. All applications received after that date will be held for the next round of grants.
http://www.thehavenfdn.org/
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LOUISIANA GRANDS
The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Economic Opportunity Fund (EOF) is designed to increase the entrepreneurial capacity and economic health of cultural economy producers. These funds are targeted to unique opportunities to earn income that are not a part of the applicant’s regular work or programming. It includes: visual arts and crafts, performing arts, film, digital media, music, culinary arts, design, traditional culture bearers, entertainment, LITERARY ARTS and humanities, architecture and historic preservation.
http://culturaleconomy.org/category/resources/opportunities/funding-grants/

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LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA
The Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry, founded in 2005, is given each year to a poet with strong connections to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The $10,000 annual prize recognizes significant recent contributions to the art of poetry and is awarded on the basis of a range of achievements in the field of poetry. Also awarded at the Celebration are the Annual People’s Choice Awards for the best works of fiction and nonfiction by a Virginia author and the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature. Voting for this year’s People’s Choice Awards has closed. Finalists for the 2012 Library of Virginia Literary Awards have been announced. The winner in each category will be announced at the Awards Celebration on October 20, 2012. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 awards.
http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards/nominate.asp

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CREATIVE CAPITAL
Every three years, Creative Capital will begin accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts.
To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident,
  • at least 25 years old,
  • a working artist with at least five
  • years of professional experience, and
  • not a full-time student.

Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support and a suite of services valued at more than $40,000.
http://creative-capital.org/apply

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BERTON HOUSE Writers’ Retreat, Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play-writing, journalism — are all encouraged to apply for Canada’s most northern Writers’ Retreat. The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time, and a remote location to pursue their professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities. Travel costs to and from Dawson will also be covered! The writer is responsible for a public reading in Whitehorse and Dawson City and a summary of their stay at Berton House.
http://www.bertonhouse.ca/retreat.html
A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses. The competition to be a writer-in-residency during the 2014-15 season is now open. An online application form is available. The deadline for submissions is October 4, 2013.
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HAIG BROWN RESIDENCY
Published authors are being invited to apply for the 2013-2014 Haig-Brown House Writer in Residence position. The residency entails spending the winter months (or a portion thereof) living in the Haig-Brown Heritage House, which is under the management of the Museum at Campbell River on Vancouver Island (BC).
The modest four bedroom house reflects the character of writer Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife Ann. Located in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, it contains a Heritage library and is surrounded by two acres of garden and 17 acres of public parkland.  The writer’s time will be divided between pursuing personal writing projects and providing literary advice and support to the local community, and participate in Museum winter programming. A stipend of up to $2000 per month, depending on available funding, will be provided.

Please include a resume (maximum two pages), a list of publications, a one-page proposal of anticipated community activities, and a sample of work in progress (20 pages); with reasons why the residency would further your work. Forward your application package to Sandra Parrish, Museum at Campbell River, Box 70 Stn A, Campbell River, BC V9W 4Z9. Deadline is January 31, 2014. For further information contact sandra.parrish@crmuseum.ca
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CANADIAN SHORT STORY PRIZE 2013
Canada Writes, with partners CBC, Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and “The Banff Centre”, are pleased to announce the Grand Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. She or he will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio. The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.
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in average one in three proposals typically receives a grant!  It is a myth that you have to be famous in order to get a grant. Truth is, most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there. Fear of being rejected prevents a lot of people from applying for opportunities that are out there.  If you have never written a grant proposal before, do some research on the topic before you begin. Numerous how-to listings and guidelines offer insights to novice grant writers, and even those with experience. Understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines or to access a glossary of common terms. Some sponsor guidelines will even provide just such a glossary unique to the particular sponsor.

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How to Get Back into Writing after Your Vacation

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The Stale Writer
Guest post by Patricia PacJac Carroll
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You have taken an extended break from writing, a long vacation, or summer with the kids. It’s time to get back to the keyboard. You glance at the monitor. Nagging questions rip away your confidence. Do you still have it? Did your creativity expire?
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It’s been a while since I have had any kind of disciplined writing schedule, but I have a plan:
  • TV is not your writing friend.
  • Social Networking is not your writing friend.
  • Games are not your writing friend.
  • Eating is not your writing friend – not even ice cream.
  • Naps are not your writing friend.
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So, what is a stale writer to do?
How can you breathe life into that smoldering ember of imagination and finish that book you have been working on for over a year? There must be a better and faster way of writing.
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Prepare
Is your work location neat? Clean up the clutter. Add an inspirational photo or an item that sparks your creativity. Set a date to start writing.
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Anticipate  
Do not let yourself write on the novel until the set date. Think about what you’re going to write. Taste it. Smell it. Feel it. But do not begin writing on that book.
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Set Boundaries 
Look at your day and pick out the times that you’re least likely to be interrupted. Determine if you’re an early morning writer or a late nighter and make plans accordingly. Have a timer handy. Most phones have one.
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Be Wise 
Before you go back to your writing, plan on turning off the Internet unless you need it for research. Keep FB, Twitter, games and whatever else you waste time with turned off. (Pinterest, ebay, Amazon, Stock Market, etc) Place your smart phone out of reach. Trust me; the free world is not dependent on your Tweet. If you are in Word and hit the space bar twice thinking a period will appear, you have become a fb and text message addict. Before you start your writing, set your rules.
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Food and Exercise  
You don’t need food to write while exercise will feed your brain with fresh blood and oxygen. Set your timer to ring every hour or two, get up, and move. If you must, walk into the kitchen and reward yourself with a quick treat – like a carrot, piece of celery, or apple.  Yeah, I know those are not exactly in the treat category. Just don’t eat anything loaded with sugar or fats so your eyes will stay open. Good things to do – walk the dog, jump on a rebounder, use weights, stretch. Then go back into your work area, set the alarm for another break, and continue writing.
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Free Writing
Pump your creative well. Before working on your book, write for five minutes, ten, or fifteen without your editor. Write nonstop about anything until the time is up. You might be surprised at what comes out. One of my friends draws a picture before she starts her day. Just do it. Feed the creative side of your brain.
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Speed Up
If you type with the speed of an arthritic ninety year old, work on your skills. Free writing on the computer will help. Keep track of how many words you write in a day. Set a goal. If you write a thousand words a day, you will have a 90,000 word novel in three months. You can do this! Get back on the keyboard and be productive!
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Author Bio:
Patricia PacJac Carroll is blessed beyond her imagination. She lives in the DFW area of Texas with her awesome husband, amazing grown son, and her wonder dog, Jacs. Currently she has one book available on Amazon, Liberty Belle Her second book is soon to come out as she is furiously working on her plan. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as North Texas Independent Christian Authors. Patricia Carroll’s blog:  http://patriciapacjaccarroll.blogspot.com. More about her:  http://about.me/patriciapacjaccarroll
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11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

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Ever wondered how freelance writers find markets for their craft and talent?
Or where you could offer articles / blogs with a link to your book’s sales page – as described in a former blog post: Smart Authors Get Paid for Marketing Their Books!
Don’t look further than to these websites, which are regularly updated, either on a weekly, and sometimes even on a daily basis. Just click on these links to get the latest openings:

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http://www.absolutewrite.com
This site is chockfull of valuable content, including international market listings.

http://www.duotrope.com
Duotrope’s Digest is a free database of more than 2,300 markets for short fiction, poetry and novels/collections.

http://www.fundsforwriters.com
Editor C. Hope Clark delivers the inside scoop on freelance writing, writing jobs (full-time), grants, markets, contests and fellowships. Sign up for her free e-newsletter – you will be glad that you did.

http://www.fwointl.com
Freelance Writing Organization–International is a free online database with thousands of job listings and freelance opportunities.

http://www.journalismjobs.com
Daily job listings for journalists, editors, online media and more.

http://www.marketlist.com
This database of markets and contests that pay has been going strong for more than a decade.

http://www.mediabistro.com
Every freelancer should bookmark this site and frequent it often for the latest industry news and the great section dedicated to job listings.

http://www.mediajobsearchcanada.com
Job Search & Find site for Canadian writers, journalists, editors, marketing & PR-specialists and radio & TV personnel.

http://www.mediajobmarket.com
Media Job Market houses hundreds of job postings along with several must-read articles on job hunting in the writing industry.

http://www.writergazette.com
Be informed by Writer Gazette’s regularly weekly submission calls to paying markets.

http://jobs.problogger.net/
The ProBlogger Job Board is where bloggers looking for jobs and companies looking for bloggers to hire
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Learn to write for the web, know how to write press releases, and study potential contract givers’ websites thoroughly are essential.  Update your portfolio regularly, and don’t forget: the decision makers can be found on social media sites, such as Google+ or Twitter as well. Keep in contact and post regularly links to the best of your writing there. Being familiar with you and your writing can for sure improve your chances of getting more assignments. 

Do you know any other useful websites for writing jobs?

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A Reason to Cut Royalties in Half?

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Amazon is stepping up its efforts to acquire rights to author’s book content. Just recently Amazon bought world rights to two books by UK romantic comedy novelist Matt Dunn, in a deal signed directly with the author. A Day at the Office,  originally self-published, had reached the Top 10 in the Kindle book chart.

Also in the UK this week, Amazon’s new Thomas & Mercer, a thriller and mystery press, made its first acquisition with two self-published works from Mel Sherratt, Taunting the Dead and Watching Over You.

However, Aubrey Rose, an Erotic Romance author, turned down Amazon’s publishing deal. She wrote on her blog: “I Just Turned Down a Publishing Deal with Amazon.”

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Me-Cinderella“They offered me $5k, with 35% royalties only. My book is already published, and they said they would just transfer it over in October. They were firm on the cover being theirs, something to do with rights.
I sent them a link to the stock photo of my model, but they wouldn’t guarantee me approval power, and some of their covers were so bad I got worried.
I guess the agent stumbled across it, because I did not submit it anywhere, just got an email from them out of nowhere. At first I thought it was spam, ha ha.”

Literary Agent
“The one really nice thing about this was that I was able to get in contact with an agent from the Knight Agency, and she gave me some good, honest advice about what I could expect if I shopped the book around.  Also she read a few chapters of my book and liked it, and said I could send her the next one I wrote – new adult is apparently a hard genre to shop around to traditional publishers, unless you have a ton of sales already, since it is such a new category.

Offer was not favorable
Aubrey Rose, successfully self-published writer, says the offer from the online giant was far LESS than she could make on her own. For every book she sells on Amazon, she receives 70% of the list price – and she can sell her book everywhere else, e.g. on Kobo, B&N, Apple, Sony, Diesel etc. As an Amazon author, the book would have been offered exclusively on Amazon.

The Guardian wrote: “A self-published author of romantic erotica, who had dreamed of being a published author since she was a little girl, has found herself in the unlikely position of turning down a publishing contract with Amazon.com, after it turned out she could make a better living by going it alone.

Rose was only offered $5k, with 35% royalties, a post by the author on Reddit confirmed . But that turned out to be “less than I had made in my first month of sales”, Rose wrote on her blog.

Aubrey Rose, whose  Me, Cinderella?  was self-published in the US on Amazon.com and through Barnes&Noble, was put off by the small sum on offer and by the lack of control she’d have over her book covers – a perennial gripe among many “properly” published authors. On her blog, Rose wrote: “As a writer of big beautiful women romance, I’m acutely aware of the limited amount of cover material available to us and I DO NOT want a thin girl on my cover.”

She added that Amazon “couldn’t guarantee anything – from cover image to pricing to marketing. And I would have to pull my book from every publisher except Amazon.” She added: “It was hard for me to say no. Ever since I was a little girl I’d dreamed about being a ‘published author’ …” One of my writer friends asked, ‘What are they guaranteeing you other than that they will take all the publishing rights and half of your royalties?’

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100-plus Ways to Promote Your Book for FREE

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You might have read and saved already almost a hundred websites to announce your book for FREE from these reader communities and blogs*:

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/50-web-links-to-let-your-book-go-viral/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/part-2-45-more-websites-to-promote-your-book/

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However, there are even more possibilities to promote your book without incurring costs:

1. Show off your cover image
To submit a cover image of your book including a description / link – if it is an outstanding and creative book cover, show it here for free:

http://pinterest.com/111publishing/books-worth-reading/
http://bookcoversanonymous.blogspot.ca/
http://bookcoverarchive.com/
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2. Use photo-sharing sites to show your cover image
http://Flickr.com
http://500px.com/
http://DeviantArt.com
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3. Participate in a cover image contest
E-book Cover Design Awards by Joel Friedlander, for example this one here: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2013/08/e-book-cover-design-awards-july-2013/
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4. Show your book trailer everywhere
Upload your trailer not only on your website and blog, but also on Goodreads, Amazon, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and FB, but also on more than twenty major sharing sites, starting with YouTube and TubeMogul. Add a link to each of them on your website or wherever your book is sold.

See also an extensive list of video sharing sites for your book trailer in this guide book:
111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer”.
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5. Google+ and its communities
There are dozens of reader communities alone on Google+ (for example ours http://bit.ly/VmtVAS) and you can access them from your main Google+ page. On all Google+ sites, images of your book’s cover can be shown, along with lengthy descriptions – several times a day on your own time line, however, on communities better only once in a while, not to be perceived as spammer.
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Don’t forget the Basics!
Use your free author pages, that are provided from Amazon, Goodreads, Pinterest, Google+, FB, LinkedIn, and certainly your own webpage and your blog, where you can show a variety of your book’s cover and images from the content.
Why I mention this?  Too many authors don’t take advantage of these free webpages, they get from online retailers and at their social media sites and where they can show and describe their books to lots of potential readers … 

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Benefits of Creating Your Own Newspaper Online

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Paper.li-Online-Newspaper

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What is Paper.li?  
It’s been around for a while and I have been following Paper.li sporadically – if content was created by one of my Twitter followers/authors. If you haven’t paid attention to these Paper.li articles yet: Creating your own Paper.li means, you can add your own Twitter / Google+ / Pinterest / FB content to it – not only that of your followers. One tool more for authors, to attract attention to their tweets and certainly to their writing!
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Benefits of creating an online daily newspaper:

  • Paper.li is FREE for up to 10 newspapers daily
  • Build relationships with the people from whom you get content for your online daily newspaper. They are happy to see you get their content in front of your readers
  • Provide consistent and valuable information about a topic relevant to your readers
  • Set your online daily newspaper up once and it updates automatically every 24 hours – You need only to promote it daily

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See what others wrote about Paper.li
Kelly Hungerford wrote:
“Paper.li is content curation service that enables you to become Editor-in-Chief of your own news site and publish a topic based newspaper from content you find anywhere on the web, such as Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube or Facebook.

What is online content curation?
Simply put, online content curation is the organizing, filtering, presenting and sharing of the most relevant digital content for a specific audience.  People (and not machines) are the ones, qualified to make that final selection of content needed in order to identify the content that matters most to them, and for their audiences. We also think that these same people can greatly help their own communities to find their way through this “massive content world” we live in.

Why should I make a Paper.li?
The act of content curation and the filtering of content for specific audiences is strongly tied to the future of content. Millions of people are sharing content daily through social media channels and the numbers are growing, making it increasingly difficult to find, organize, share, discover and enjoy.
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What’s the Secret of a fabulous Paper.li site?

  • Add your personal touch, greet your readers with an Editor’s note, make them feel at home
  • Choose the best content sources and news that apply to your audience
  • Edit each of your Paper.li with love, make sure your readers are getting a rich and relevant blend of news
  • Create an appealing custom background that ties into your passion
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From Bloomberg BusinessWeek:
“When it comes to news, many Twitter users say they rely on the social network and the community of people they follow— rather than a big news organization—for links to important or interesting news stories. A Swiss start-up called Small Rivers has taken that idea and turned it into a service called Paper.li, which gathers links that your network has shared and turns them into a kind of social newspaper, complete with different sections for different topics. Is Paper.li  now the future of news? Perhaps not, but it fills a niche in the social ecosystem of news.

Paper.li takes your Twitter stream and extracts links to any news stories, photos, videos, and so forth, which it then analyzes, using what the company calls “semantic text analysis tools,” in order to determine whether or not the stories are relevant. The site then displays the links and related content in sections based on the context of the link. The service also creates themed pages based on specific topics using #hashtags, such as #privacy or #climate, in much the same way that newspapers create special sections around an event or topic. Paper.li also automatically creates topical sections such as technology, arts & entertainment, photos, politics, and business. Users can also now create papers using a Twitter list. Embedded in a sidebar on each user’s customized paper is their Twitter stream.”
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Setting up your dialy news is easy:

  • Go to Paper.li on Twitter. Click the “Sign In” button on the top right. As you are logged into your Twitter account, Paper.li will recognize your Twitter handle and ask you to confirm.
  • Click on “Create a Newspaper” and fill in your Twitter handle in the first box. Click on “create” and wait for your paper to be published.
  • You can change the title of your paper in “settings”, set the time for which it will generate the daily updates and choose whether you want Twitter to automatically tweet your paper when it’s updated.

More on YouTube:

How to grow your Twitter Following

Curating Twitter Content with Paper.li

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Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn – What People Do on Social Media

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To promote your books through social networking, take advantage of these statistics from Nielsen, the worlds most biggest internet statistics firm, and find out what your followers and friends on Social Media appreciate most in your posts. Translated to books and publishing, this would be:

  • Learn from other authors’ experiences
  • Learn more about publishing and marketing books
  • Share money incentives (free or reduced books)
  • Find out about interesting articles/blogs/news
  • Get encouragement
Communicate with your readers!
Social media is a fantastic way to foster communication between you and your readers, but you first have to be able to find them and understand how they use it.  Search for “readers” or “reviewers” on social media sites when looking for new followers and friends. They are the most important networking partners, and the one’s who will promote your book.
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.What are consumers doing on social media?

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Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

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Most popular networking sites
What are the biggest and most popular network sites – including blogs? Yes, blogs are very important for social networking!  Read the full Social Network Report on Nielsen’s website. 

Content Marketing is a smart way to connect with readers. Blogging is actually giving them a sample of your writing style and skills.  And who doesn’t like sampling? See more statistics about blogging / content marketing on Ciceron.com.

Where do you stand compared to your competitors – millions of other writers – in the online world?

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French Illusions – by an American Writer

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French-Illusions

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Memoir of an American au-pair for an aristocratic French family in a Loire Valley chateau. She pretended to speak French when applying for the job at a Chateau in France…

French Illusions, the first of two books based on the author’s diaries, takes place in the summer of 1979. Linda Kovic contracts to become an au pair for an aristocratic French family in the Loire Valley. In order to secure the position, she pretends to speak the language, confident she’ll be forgiven once she arrives at her destination.
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French Lifestyle
This book captures Linda’s fascinating real-life story inside and outside the Château de Montclair. Her compelling memoir details her challenges and triumphs as she tries to adjust to her new life with Madame and Monsieur Dubois and their children.

When Linda encounters, Adam, a handsome young student, her life with the family becomes more complicated, adding fuel to her internal battle for independence. Join Linda on her unforgettable adventure of discovery and romance in an extraordinary part of the world.

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Experiencing French culture
French Illusions is a lovely read that captures the flair of France. Are you maybe interested in working overseas and indulging in French culture?  Or always wanting to travel to France? Learn the French language?  Then this book is perfect for you: entertaining and at the same time adding a touch of “savoir-vivre en France” and showing life in a French aristocratic family.

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About the author:
Linda Kovic-Skow resides in Gilbert, Arizona. She earned an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting in 1978 from North Seattle Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University in 1985. She has been married for 28 years and has two daughters. An enthusiastic traveler, Linda also enjoys boating, gardening and socializing with friends. French Illusions, her debut memoir, is the culmination of a three-year project and will have a sequel pretty soon.

Meet the author here:

Blog  http://lindakovicskow.com

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QikoNLXZP_o&feature=youtu.be

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6585288.Linda_Kovic_Skow

https://www.facebook.com/lindakovicskowfanpage#

https://twitter.com/LindaKovicSkow

http://pinterest.com/lindakovicskow/french-illusions/

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Get the book in paperback and e-book format here:

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1457514575

E-book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BG0EV8A

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/french-illusions-linda-kovic-skow/1113367643?ean=9780988464001

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http://www.scribd.com/doc/131584755/French-Illusions-My-Story-as-an-American-Au-Pair-in-the-Loire-Valley

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